We booked the Yard and Groom room at the last minute for the final night of a short midweek break in the Cotswolds. We were absolutely delighted when we pulled into the carpark- the Maytime is surrounded by rolling fields, the river Windrush and the very little village of Asthall. As we had booked through our mobiles the night before we hadn't realised that the inn is not actually in Burford, but a small village 5 minutes away. This wasn't a problem with a car and sat nav, but worth noting to avoid confusion if you don't know the area. We adored our little room, which as others have said, is very small. But the beautiful well sized bathroom and superb quality of finish makes the size unimportant for a short stay. The roll top bath is the most comfortable tub I've ever used, the underfloor heating is such a pleasurable surprise and the soft stone tiles are lovely to the touch. For more than a couple of nights you would want a larger room, for a short stay it is a cosy den that you can just relax into. The bed linen was of fantastic quality, so soft and silky that we didn't want to get up for breakfast.
Breakfast was very good indeed, the full English was generous and of very good quality ingredients. The continental buffet was streamlined with some cereals, lovely fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, berry compote, mini pastries and juice. All in all very impressive considering there were only ourselves and one other couple staying. We also ate dinner in the restaurant, for which I will post a review separately.
We absolutely loved the Maytime and only wished that we had spent our whole break there, as our previous spa hotel lacked the warmth and high quality touches that this place did. It serves as an ideal rural base for exploring the Cotswolds and these two weary Londoners will definitely be returning when we want to sink into a comfortable, beautifully finished home from home in the country! It was the highlight of our trip!
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- Also Known As:
- The Maytime Hotel Burford
- Maytime Hotel Burford
- The Maytime Inn Burford, Oxfordshire